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H G Cox letter 27 August 1947

(99kb)  A letter to Sir Miles Thomas detailing sales early orders for the MG Y.

MG YT Factory Production Records ~ recreated

 (1.8mb)A PDF file by David Pelham (updated 10 October 2018).

The Complete Manchester XPAG Files

by Paul Ireland

Classic Engines, Modern Oil

by Paul Ireland

Register your MG Y Type with us

Register on line or download a form to email or fax your registration to us

Fractions to Decimals to Millimetres

A table to convert fractions of an inch into decimals and millimeters

UK Licence plates

A document reproduced here by kind permission of the Chiltern Vehicle Preservation Group

Parts Cross Reference pages

Look up modern supplier part numbers for your MG Y Type Parts needs

MG Service Department Service Sheet Amendments

The XPAG Cooling System

by Gene Gillam

The Alternate Parts List

by John Lawson. This is a very useful cross reference on many Y/YT and YB parts and lists other cars that had the same parts.

Guide for Users of Historic Vehicles


Safety Fast Newsletters

A full back catalogue of Newsletters scanned from Safety Fast, from the first in 1992, to date.

The MG Y Type Buyer's Guide

A miscellany of resources and articles to help you decide on how to buy and what to look for.

Original brochure
MG Y Type Screensaver

(2.7 MB).

YT brochure
MG YT Screensaver


Let there be Ys
Let there be Ys Screensaver


5 Speed YB Conversion

(241kb) A PDF by Tony Vernall.

MG Engine History

A PDF file by Neil Cairns - Version 9.0. (1.3mb)

MG Y Ledgers

(310kb) A PDF file with an introduction by Neil Cairns of guarantee plates, chassis numbers and engine numbers, where this information is known.

Post War M.G. Saloon cars 1947 - 1999

(4.5mb including colour pictures) by Neil Cairns.

Miscellaneous items

Radiator cap mascots
and Hood Ornaments

How different people decorate the front of their car.
As always, consult your local laws governing where you live please.

Luggage straps for the MG Y

Details on the luggage straps that were available as a period optional extra.

Stories from the Rear view mirror

Historical research on individual cars by their owners.

Models of the MG Y Type

Details of models of the MG Y Type.

Historical Timeline of Y history events and contemporary world news.

Sister Cars to the MG Y Type

by Neil Cairns

The MG Y Type Tool Kit

by Jeremy Havard.

Terry Ciantar's original tool kit

Photographs by Terry Ciantar.

Service tools for use in the MG Series Y


27 April 2005

Today, please welcome John Bauer and Y 6093 to Ys on Parade.  John lives in Florida and suffered badly with the hurricanes in 2004 - particularly IVAN - his Y didn't fare too much better, so I am encouraging him to go for it and restore the car!  Good luck John and we will support you in whatever way we can.


26 April 2005

While I was bidding on the February 1953 price list I was also bidding on one from October 1951.  The successful buyer and I have exchanged scans so we are also able to add the October 1951 Price List to the Brochures page now too.

Also today, please welcome John Whipp and Y 5883 to Ys on Parade.  As the photograph of his car is also of a wedding, he has provided details to add this to our Ys at Weddings page too.


22 April 2005

Just in and added to the Brochures page is a Nuffield Organization English Retail price list from February 1953 for your interest.


21 April 2005

Hot off the press - we have two reports from the 2005 Spring Run, from Andrew Adamson and Ted Gardner.  Thank you gentlemen, wish I could have joined you.


19 April 2005

An eventful month with much going on this month - as we breach another milestone, over 55,000 visitors to the site, and in only just over three years.  In celebration we have added a new Collectible for your interest.  Earlier this month, Andrew Coulson kindly sent me a detailed report on his Jackall pump refurbishment. Click here to read this report.


17 April 2005

Hopefully the weather has turned out fine for the UK Spring Run and everyone will have a good time on this great event.  I sit here sad that I cannot go, but will try to make up for it by doing an update to the website instead.  We are able to bring you the rally plate from the event and this can be found on the Artist's Impressions page.

Well, it is the third birthday of the website and in keeping with previous years, a small present to everyone, I obtained an original copy of an article that featured in the Scottish Daily Express on 20 June 1947 - probably one of the earliest press reports on the MG 1 1/4 Litre, and they have very kindly consented to us to use it on our site under Reprinted Articles.  This was in the same edition as the advert we brought to you earlier this month.

Also, as promised on the 15 April, an interesting twist on the original sales brochure has come to light - it isn't, as a matter of  fact, the original after all!  There is an earlier version with the interesting addition of the word NEW in the title, and yet another version of the colour chart!  See the Reprinted Brochures page for details.

To round off today, I have put up a further two new Reprinted Advertisements.  Sadly I cannot advise on the dates or confirm the publications, but one is a half colour version of a 1953 style Dual Personality, and the other I believe is an early Maintaining the Breed.


15 April 2005

On the cusp of the UK MG Car Club Spring Run, we wish everyone a very happy and safe run.  No doubt we will be getting a report and some photographs in due course, and hopefully they will have better weather than last year which was the wettest day of the year.  Meanwhile, here is the mid-month Reprinted Article to keep you going.  We are also only 2 days away from our third birthday on the site so keep coming back and see what else is new as we have an interesting development of brochures to share.

We have also added Autospeed and Components Direct to the links page as suppliers of captive nuts - a very frustrating but vital component to anyone putting a Y back together after a rebuild.

Finally for today, please welcome Ray Hanson, who is the new owner of Y 2870 to Ys on Parade.


10 April 2005

I recently obtained a new contemporary advert which has been added to the Reprinted Advertisements page. Although the overall theme is already posted, this one is interesting in that it was placed in the Scottish Daily Express on June 20 1947 bearing the subscript of a local dealer in Dundee - is the dealer still going I wonder?  Any Scottish owner care to check it out for me please and let me know?  There will be more from this same paper later I hope!


8 April 2005

Robert Simpson has kindly shared with us four spectacular Collectibles from 'down under' harking back to the days of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the Birth of the Y - thank you Robert.

Some news for UK Y owners concerning the DVLA's latest moves kindly provided by Richard Knight concerning your V5 registration documents you might wish to note:

I do not know if you are aware of new legislation regarding the new V5 registrations, which is applicable to the likes of Y owners who have not registered their cars as currently under repair and whom also are not applicable to SORN. As of the 1st July 2005 old V5 registrations will not be worth the paper that they are written on, and due to no longer being valid, in order to save having to re register the vehicle, it is worth making note that cars need to be registered. The DVLA web site advice is as follows:
Vehicle keepers who have not received the new certificate and do not need to tax their vehicle, or make SORN by June 2005 and want one can do so by returning their V5 registration document to DVLA Swansea SA99 1BA with an accompanying letter.
From 1st July 2005 all existing V5 registrations documents will no longer be valid. This will not affect entitlement to registration marks. Motorists who have a valid claim on a vehicle and it's registration mark will not be disadvantaged . The V765 Scheme which enables old vehicles to be re united with their original registration marks, will be unaffected by these changes.


6 April 2005

Following up on a recent Bulletin Board thread on the gear box interlocking pin, Bill Bennett sent in a full report of the solution to his problem.  This has been added to the Technical Advice section.


2 April 2005

Ian Theobald has sent in a new picture of his YT 3471 for Ys on Parade.  Sadly Ian is selling this stunning restoration as he wants a longer legged 2 1/2 litre Riley.  He says, "The hood still needs completing but old one is useful for pattern.  I have been using a full tonneau as we have had little rain until recently.  The car now has new leather trim and carpet copied as close as possible to original from what scraps people loaned me.  The motor I believe has been rebuilt prior to my purchase with upgraded cam and head valves as per the MG TF, and has s/s exhaust which sounds great at just over 4000 revs.  Asking price is aus$19,500.  I can be contacted at home on phone number [Australia] 0244641750 or email me here when my computer returned shortly from being fixed.

Too late for me to use on you as an April Fool (apologies for the late update last night my time, but I got stuck overnight at work and couldn't update overnight 31 March), but Richard Prior sent me this new "Collectible" for those of you who thought they were the first to up the power in their Y - it seems the MG Car Company thought of everything - as early as 1950 and beat everyone to it.  Goldie Gardner was not alone in increasing the power of his Y Type.  A good laugh!

Finally for now, the committee line up of Ys on Parade is completed by the addition of Paul Gresser's MG YB so please welcome Paul and YB 1446 to Ys on Parade.  Thank you Paul.


1 April 2005

Seventeen days to go to the Spring Run so sign up and send in your entry forms now please!

Also, at the beginning of a new month, please welcome Andrew Gilham and Y 5924 to Ys on Parade.  Andrew's car is the 50th YA from the UK!  Thank you Andrew.

Picture of the Month this month is clearly not for the purists: it is a picture of Phil Stafford's Y Special YT 4608.

Finally, this month's first Reprinted Article is from Restoring Classic Cars, November 1988 and describes Brian Hunt's restoration of his YA.


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